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Richard H. Weening, PhD, MIPP, RT(R)(CT)(MR), FAEIRS

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901 Walnut Street
Suite 716
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-0059
(215) 503-1031 fax

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University Appointment

Associate Professor

Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. Weening graduated from the College of William & Mary in Virginia with the B.S. (1984), M.S. (1986), and Ph.D. (1991) degrees in Physics. The subject matter of his Ph.D. dissertation involved the physics of tokamaks and magnetic fusion plasma theory. Dr. Weening holds a B.S. (2000) degree in Diagnostic Imaging from Thomas Jefferson University, where he did clinical work in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and radiography. He also has an M.I.P.P. (1996) degree from the Johns Hopkins University where he did work in Strategic Studies. Dr. Weening was named a Fellow of the Association of Educators in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences (2012). Currently, Dr. Weening is a candidate for the M.S.Ed.L. degree in education law from Nova Southeastern University.

From 1986-91, Dr. Weening was a Research Assistant at William & Mary, sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. He was also a Research Assistant in the Los Alamos National Laboratory Controlled Thermonuclear Reactor Division (1988) and he was awarded an Associated Western Universities Fellowship in the Magnetic Fusion Energy Division of the General Atomics company in San Diego (1989). During 1992-93, Dr. Weening was a Research Physicist at the Center for Plasma Physics Research of the Swiss Federal Technical University and a Visiting Scientist at General Atomics. During 1995-1996, he received a John M. Olin Fellowship for Strategic Studies while at the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. During 2000-01, Dr. Weening was a National Research Service Award (NRSA) Research Fellow in the Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he collaborated in the Laboratory for Structural NMR Imaging on studies involving MRI methods for the imaging of trabecular bone. During 2002-08, Dr. Weening was a member of Thomas Jefferson University Cognitive Neuroscience and Brain Imaging Laboratory, where he collaborated on functional MRI brain research.  In addition, Dr. Weening was a Visiting Scientist (2012-14) in the fusion plasma theory group at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory of Princeton University.

Dr. Weening currently publishes research and directs his research efforts towards subjects including MRI education, MRI safety, the radiologic sciences profession, and the magnetic confinement of fusion plasmas.

Department Role/Related Activities

Dr. Weening is the Program Director for the MRI & CT Programs, as well as Clinical Coordinator for the CT Program. Since joining the Department of Radiologic Sciences full-time faculty at Jefferson in 2001, Dr. Weening has taught numerous courses in the magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography programs. Dr. Weening currently teaches courses in MRI Physics, MRI Patient Care & Safety, CT Physics, and various MRI & CT Review courses. In addition, Dr. Weening has served on numerous JSHP committees and has served as Secretary of the TJU Faculty Senate, member of the TJU Middle States Task Force for Faculty Development and Engagement, member of the TJU Scientific and Academic Affairs Committee, and Alternate Faculty Trustee to the TJU Board of Trustees. Dr. Weening is currently a member of the JSHP Committee on Research, which he co-chairs.

Professional Activities/Organizations

Dr. Weening belongs to the following professional societies: American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Section for Magnetic Resonance Technologists (SMRT), Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences (AEIRS), American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), and the Association of Collegiate Educators in radiologic technology (ACERT).

Dr. Weening is currently AEIRS Liaison to the AAPM and represents AEIRS on the ASRT MRI Curriculum Revision Project. Dr. Weening is a member of the AAPM Medical Physics Education of Allied Health Professionals Committee.

Dr. Weening has served as a reviewer for the following journals: Journal of Allied Health, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Radiologic Science & Education, Radiologic Technology, and Physics of Plasmas.

Further, Dr. Weening has served as a research grant proposal reviewer for the U.S. Department of Energy and the ASRT Foundation.